Invista (Wichita, KS) takes sustainability seriously. The company established its Planet Agenda sustainability program some years ago, with the aim of developing and marketing competitive products with an enhanced environmental performance and that used fewer resources while meeting the needs of the apparel markets. In line with that aim, Invista last year announced the development of a bio-derived spandex yarn that would be rolled out globally for the autumn/winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 apparel collections.
Once the technology became available to do so, we decided we should investigate the possibilities of producing a bio Lycra," said Arnaud Tandonnet, Invista Apparel Global Sustainability Director, at the International Conference on Bio-Based Materials in Cologne, Germany, this week. "It wasn't so much because of demand from our customers—we did it more as a logical step on the path toward fulfilling our stated commitment to sustainability. And that includes developing products and technologies that help our customers achieve their sustainability commitments."